Kentucky's No Call list is working, Attorney General Ben Chandler tells Newscenter 13. And for companies that don't listen, it might end up costing them heavily.
Earlier this month, Kentucky Attorney General Ben Chandler filed lawsuits against two more telemarketing companies for violations of Kentucky’s new No Call law.
The suits, filed in Jefferson Circuit Court, are against Minnesota-based Alpine Glass, Inc., an auto glass replacement company, and Consolidated Credit Services, Inc., a New York-based debt consolidation company. A telemarketer for Consolidated Credit Services named Ken Richards is also named in the suit. Each company and Richards has been assessed a $50,000.00 civil penalty.
In July, Chandler filed suits in Jefferson Circuit Court against a Florida debt consolidation company and a California-based telemarketing company, bringing the total to four suits that have been filed since the new No Call law took effect on July 15.
Alpine Glass has entered into an agreement with the Attorney General’s office to follow all provisions of the No Call law while the lawsuit is pending. Chandler’s office is seeking a temporary injunction to compel Consolidated Credit to comply with the No Call law.
"Kentuckians on the No Call list are reporting far fewer unwanted telemarketing calls since the law took effect," said Chandler. "We now have over 700 companies who have obtained the No Call list and indicated they won’t be calling Kentucky homes."
"At the same time, Kentuckians are doing their part and have reported over 2,000 complaints against telemarketers who continue to call in violation of the law," he said. "These lawsuits should send a clear message to telemarketers that we are serious about stopping unwanted calls to the homes of Kentuckians on the No Call list."
Those calls are translating into cash for the state. So far, the Attorney General's Office has collected $70,000 in fines. Ten companies have agreed to pay fines ranging from $5,000 to $20,000.
You can still put your name on the No Call list by phone at 1-866-KYCALL-O (592-2550) or on the Web site, www.kycall0.com
Complaints can be filed on the same Web site, or by calling 1-866-877-STOP (7867).